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FOURTH WILL FIND MANY RV OWNERS CLOSE TO HOME, FAR FROM STRESS AND WORRY

 RESTON, Va., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Come July 4th, America's recreation vehicle (RV) owners will declare their independence -- from hectic schedules, commitments that interfere with family activities and the stress and heartburn created by demanding lifestyles -- by traveling in their "vacation homes on wheels." For many, freedom lies not thousands of miles away, but well within a day's drive.
 In a recent Recreation Vehicle Industry Association survey, over 2,000 RV owners nationwide described their travel intentions and preferences. Nearly half reported planning an RV trip for the July 4th holiday. Many will take extended vacations and cover considerable ground; according to their estimates, trips will average 11 days and 1,150 round-trip miles. A sizable segment, however -- 25 percent -- plan significantly shorter trips to local state parks.
 Other popular destinations included: the California coast, the Florida Keys, the Smoky Mountains and coastal Maine. Michigan's upper peninsula and Canada will also receive numerous RV visitors during the holiday. By state, popular destinations were (in order of preference): Florida, Texas, California and Michigan.
 Besides being mobile, RV owners are fiercely patriotic. When asked if they would display an American flag on the Fourth, fully 82 percent said, "Yes" -- 54 percent at their campsites and another 28 percent on their vehicles. Their ranks may even grow. One RVer answered, "No," but apparently felt pangs of guilt and added, "but I should."
 RVers generally agree that it's unnecessary to travel long distances to escape stress. One mother from Idaho said, "We enjoy RVing anytime, anywhere. It creates a good family bond and helps us to relax." Another, from Virginia, stated that her family will be only 35 miles from home on the Fourth, but they anticipate "a peaceful feeling that you don't get in a hotel."
 Regardless of destination or length of trip, many RV travelers' primary objective is to enjoy quality family time. "We like the togetherness," said one Oregonian, "and teaching the kids to enjoy the outdoors without spending lots of money on material things." The economical nature of RV travel was often cited as a bonus. One New Yorker claims to "see more for less money" when RV traveling. A mother from Pennsylvania listed her favorite low-cost activities: "Walking, swimming, fishing, outdoor games, campfires and eating all the goodies." Finally, an RVing dad from Iowa summed it up: "You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a lot of fun, as long as you're together."
 Anyone interested in RV vacations can call 800-47-SUNNY, toll-free or write: Go Camping America, P.O. Box 2669, Dept. 23, Reston Va., 22090. They'll receive a free brochure full of trip-planning information, plus a coupon good for a free night's camping at participating locations.
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 /NOTE: For an executive summary of the RVIA survey, contact RVIA's P.R. department, 703-620-6003./
 /CONTACT: Tim Hegarty, Barton-Gilanelli & Associates, 215-592-8601, for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association/ CO: Recreation Vehicle Industry Association ST: Virginia IN: LEI SU:


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